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Sunday, April 23, 2017

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: Skyfishing by Gideon Sterer

Hi guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.

Continuing with the theme of yesterday (EARTH DAY!), today we're exploring a Picture Book title that celebrates Mother Earth as well as our generational connections.  It's creative and filled with imagination, simply begging you to explore your own "ocean" of surprises.  Ready or not, here comes today's title on deck....

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A Grand Tale with Grandpa
Gideon Sterer
Illustrated by
Poly Bernatene
Abrams Books for Young Readers

This is the story of one family coming together in more ways than one.  It's not a simple thing for older and younger generations to settle into a shared routine, even if it's for the betterment of them both.  Here, Grandpa has come to live with his family in the city...from the great outdoors.  He lived a the life of a fisherman for oh-so-many years, but now...all he sees are the crazy busy streets and overall hustle bustle of a place that seems to be leaving him behind.  Even his lovely granddaughter can't seem to distract him from his melancholy, at least until she lets his stories of "the big one" inspire her to creation. The product of that spark?  A game so filled with imagination that there is no room left for sorrow, soulful blues, or the one that got away...only the here and now, the life he has to live, and the family he cherishes only a heartbeat away.

I love how the author shared this tender story of life changes with no emotions spared and yet so filled with promise that you simply new something was going to turn all their frowns upside down.  The illustrations that accompany this creative tale bring the fantastical to life and invite readers of all ages to see just what lies in their own riverbeds and streams, just outside their windows.  Is that a dogfish perhaps over by the couch?  Maybe a refrig-acuda lurking in the kitchen?  Or the illusive SUVfish in the driveway?  It's a wild and quirky tale filled with so much heart that one can't help but get caught up in the lot of it.


About the author and illustrator...

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Gideon Sterer is a debut picture-book author and a recent graduate of Oberlin College. He lives in Brooklyn. Poly Bernatene is an Argentinean illustrator who’s worked on more than 60 children’s books all over the world, including Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira and The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett.


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Special thanks to Abrams Books for the copy or review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just released April 11th, 2017 via Abrams Books for Young Readers, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Best Served Cold: Revenge of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Well, today is EARTH DAY, and what better time than now to celebrate a book that features...a librarian?  Wait, wait, I haven't actually lost my mind.  There was a method to my supposed madness.  You see, while it IS in fact about an evil librarian (book 2, nonetheless), it takes place at a theater camp in the summertime, thus there's LOTS of flora, fauna, and general Mother Earth to take in, revel with, through while trying to keep your breath in your body.  Um, okay, so the last part is less earthy but you see my connection, right?  Great!  I knew I could count on you.  Now, without further ado, let's dive into today's book of choice...

Revenge of the Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian series, Book 2
Michelle Knudsen
Candlewick Press

About the book...
Last fall, Cynthia Rothschild saved her best friend, as well as the entire student body, from the demon librarian, Mr. Gabriel, all while executing the most awesome set design for the school musical, Sweeney Todd. But now that all that demon stuff is behind her, Cyn is looking forward to the best summer ever at theater camp with her former-crush-and-now-boyfriend, Ryan Halsey. Once she gets to camp, though, Cyn realizes this summer might not be all she’s been hoping for. First, Ryan’s best camp friend is a girl (which Ryan had never mentioned to Cyn), and she just happens to be ridiculously pretty. Plus, it seems the demon stuff is not entirely over as Cyn had hoped. At least any new demons that show up to ruin her summer can't possibly be as evil as Mr. Gabriel. It's not like he could somehow come back to life to seek his terrible revenge or something. Best-selling author Michelle Knudsen brings back all the hilarity and horror (not to mention hot guys) in this sizzling sequel to Evil Librarian.

The stage is set for a fiendishly dramatic summer at theater camp for Cynthia and her boyfriend, Ryan. With no demons at all. Right?


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All is fair in love and war...or is it?
Guess it depends on which side of the demon divide you're on.

Here we have book two in the Evil Librarian series (for a refresher on book one, check out my review), and we're right back where we left off, well sorta.  Summer has arrived, the demon sightings have been next to none, and Cyn is set for a fun summer with Ryan (her BOYFRIEND!) while they explore their more dramatic side at theater camp.  It's the PERFECT SET UP, right?  Wrong.  As it seems, Cyn is not destined to simply go through the rest of her days marked as a "cockroach" (you have to read book one to fully understand, but basically she's an oddity to demon-kind), but lending, and using those talents to keep everyone where they need to be.  Too bad she had a tag-along on her last trip back from down below.  Too bad the new ruler of that under realm called in one of her favors dragging Cyn to places she REALLY doesn't want to be.  Too bad the new theater camp guy whose play she is stationed on is REALLY hot...but maybe not in all the normal ways.  What's a girl to do?  Let's just say that it's a good thing it all unfolds at theater camp because the drama is about to raise to award worthy levels.

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Don't you love when you're reading a series and can step back into things without having to reread the first installment to reorient?  That's exactly the case here...not that you don't want to read the first, just that it's easier to move forward instead of looking back.  That's all Cyn wanted to do this summer and I was more than happy to watch her do it, but the complications that arise, whew!  Let's just say despite the white lies, half truths, and cover ups, she does a bang up job of managing the lot of it on her help from the boyfriend.  *humpf*  Seriously, he needed a good wake up call and boy does he have one coming.  *-*  I loved seeing the characters we came to know in book 1 show up again in book 2, though whether they were loved or loathed depends on the person...or demon.  The new guys (or demons!) added to the mix were exciting, humorous, and...potential love interests?  Uh-oh.  Well, all things taken into account, you really can't blame her...much. Anyway...

I certainly enjoyed my time at camp and having never actually been to one, that's saying...okay, not a lot but I'm imaging the normal experience wouldn't be nearly as exciting.  Curious to see what's next for those that survived this round (dun dun dunnnn!) and if the possibly last book in the set (gasp!) will tie things up neatly like the stacks in our beloved library, or open the door for something more.  Guess we'll have to wait and see...


About the author...

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Michelle Knudsen is a New York Times best-selling author of 45 books for young readers, including board books, picture books, early readers, and middle grade and young adult novels. Her best-known book to date is the award-winning picture book Library Lion, which has been translated into fourteen languages, is currently being performed as a musical stage production in Israel and South Africa, and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Best 100 Children's Books of All Time. She is also the author of the Trelian trilogy of fantasy novels (The Dragon of TrelianThe Princess of Trelian, and The Mage of Trelian) and the young adult novel Evil Librarian, which was awarded the 2015 Sid Fleischman Award for Humor. Her most recent picture book is Marilyn's Monster (Candlewick, March 2015), illustrated by the wonderful Matt Phelan. Next up is the YA sequel REVENGE OF THE EVIL LIBRARIAN, coming on Valentine's Day 2017. Michelle also works as a freelance editor and writing teacher, and is a member of the Writing for Young People MFA faculty at Lesley University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.



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Special thanks to Raquel at Candlewick Press for the ARC for review...which I did in fact read prior to release, I just never had a chance to actually blog it.  (THANK YOU!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...evil librarian or not, if it looks good, READ IT!

Friday, April 21, 2017

In This Life by Christine Brae

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the spotlight on a title that quite literally just left my "current reads" list.  Yep, just finished about 4 hours ago, give or take.  Close call?  No...just simply me trying to show life who's the boss....(you hear that life?  I have your number!)  Anywho....the title on deck came to my attention via Meryl Moss Media, and stars a late 2016 release via Vesuvian Books.  It's a work of Fiction that seems to have a touch of magic, or other-worldliness to it that you can only really capture by immersing yourself in the story.  Ready to discover what this title has in store?  Today's book of choice is...

Christine Brae
Vesuvian Books

About the book...
Secrets ruin lives, and lies protect those secrets…

Wanting to escape her life in New York City before starting medical school in the fall, Anna Dillon convinces her best friend Dante to travel with her to Thailand on a medical mission. While volunteering in a coastal village recently ravaged by a tsunami, Anna meets Jude Grayson. They share an instant attraction that leads to a brief, passionate affair. When she has to rush home for a family emergency, he promises to stay in touch.

But Jude never calls, and Anna tries desperately to forget him.

Five years pass, and Anna finally moves on with Dante after giving up hope that Jude will ever return—until they come face to face again in a chance encounter. Reeling, Anna discovers the life-altering secret of why Jude never contacted her—and why they can’t be together. But the passion that ignited between them on an exotic beach years ago never died, making it impossible to stay away from each other.

And Dante? Anna discovers that the friend she grew to love—and trust—has a secret of his own.


I really didn't know what to make of this one as I was reading.  I mean, we have three characters whose lives are inexplicably entwined and yet they keep falling just short of reaching an earthly paradise time and time again.  Just when you think the winds have changed in their favor, nope...bottom drops out...but as the author says through her leading lady's closing passages,...

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"This isn't a story about death, dying, sadness, or the indescribable emptiness that comes with losing someone you love.  This is a story about the infinite bounds of true love and commitment and the redeeming gift of hope."  - pg 312

It's a story best looked at through the eyes of those the lived it, so I give you, my take on the characters and their roles in the story.

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Anna...our fiery red head (or Blue) whose passion for life and love light a thousand hearts ablaze...okay, two...two hearts, but they burn no less bright than the thousand.  Her desire to help others and make a difference is what led her to her career or choice as well as the trip that will change her life in SO many ways.  It won't just make her humble and more conscience of the things she's been afforded in life, but break her down into her smallest parts and make her sort the order back out again over a lifetime.  Can it be done?  Oh, yes...but there is much love, life, and heartache to be felt along the way.

Dante...he was always his true self, a ladies man that fell for his best lady friend, and yet, even he had secrets.  The ones he kept, like most people's, were supposedly to keep additional hurt at bay and let time heal the wounds.  Word to the wise, never decide what another should hear...let the cards fall and be there for them, whatever may come...a lesson he may have learned too late.  In this story though, too late is a very relative term, and despite the fact that a "player" would be my last choice for Anna, he really did have a heart of gold.

Jude...though who exactly he is remains a mystery for the better part of the first half of the novel, you get hints and feelings about his true "identity" from the start.  If you've been exposed to any sort of secular study or beliefs, you'll catch them (though they are much more apparent the further we go), but even so, I wasn't sure truly what to make of them, or rather, him.  Man or myth?  Chance encounter or fate's intervention?  Lifelong love or soulmate?  So many QUESTIONS!  He really was a conundrum...and despite the battle he faces within himself, despite his negative attributes, you can't help but see he is a second half to Anna's whole...

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So, as you can see, it's an unusual tale that needs to be approached with an open mind AND heart.  Be ready to both love and loathe the characters, their choices, and some of the topics covered...some of which may be slightly controversial to some audience members...but also be ready to accept the messages the author is conveying through their struggles, AND triumphs.  What you do with the lessons after that is entirely in your hands...


About the author....

Christine Brae was born and raised in the city of Makati, Philippines before she met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. Since then, Christine has established herself as a full time career woman, holding a senior executive position in one of the largest global advertising agencies in the world. She is the author of four novels, has an established fan base and a dedicated following. Her titles have consistently ranked in the Top 100 months following their release.



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Special thanks to Erika at Meryl Moss Media for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or those promotions on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Vesuvian Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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